Grateful Dead 50 Fare Thee Well Receives Over 60,000 Orders

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If you’re like us, you were wondering just how many mail orders were received for Fare Thee Well, which will bring together Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby for three shows in Chicago over the Fourth of July Weekend. The answer is almost unbelievable, as a a note on the event’s website mentions that 60,000+ envelopes were received so far by GDTSTOO, which is handling mail order fulfillment.

Organizers have changed the on sale date to February 28 at 10 a.m. CT and will now forego an online presale. The note on Dead50.net reads, “Wow! We’re excited (and humbled) to discover that your enthusiasm for Fare Thee Well matches our own! We have received an overwhelming number of mail order ticket requests. In an effort to honor the history and spirit of the Grateful Dead, we are going to try to fill as many of these orders as possible. This means there will be no other pre-sales. In order to give the good folks at GDTS TOO time to sort through the 60,000+ (!) envelopes received so far the new public on sale is Feb 28th @ 10 a.m. CST via Ticketmaster.”

Fare Thee Well co-promoter Peter Shapiro’s Relix Magazine reveals that the 60,000+ envelopes are “requesting an estimated 350,000+ tickets for the three nights.” We knew these shows would be popular with fans, but not to that level.

In case you missed it, check out the highlights of Hornsby’s recent chat about Fare Thee Well.